U Pick or We Pick
fresh off the bush
We are a mom and pop farm with 13 acres of blueberries and 14 different varieties. Pick the type you like best. Our harvest period is usually from mid-May through early July.
About the farm and the berries
We have held a number of tours for international groups and would like to host tours for schools, civic groups, and clubs to demonstate how we approach sustainable farming and to show how a farm works.
As Berries Ripen
As berries ripen on the bush they pass through a series of colors: from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. They pass through a series of tastes: from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor. If picked in the rose or later stage they will continue to ripen if left at room temperature and in a day or two will be fully blue, but they will not sweeten more than how they were when picked.
We grow early, mid, and late season varieties of blueberries. Among our 14 varieties there are a variety of sizes, tastes, textures, color, and firmness. Hopefully we have your favorite cultivar.
As berries ripen they slowly become softer. A green berry will bounce like a ball and an over-ripe berry will become like slush. My favorite berry is fully blue with a sweet and strong blueberry flavor that is slightly soft, almost firm
Typically, berry quality is measured by appearance, taste, size, and most importantly, shelf life. Once a blueberry is picked, it begins to degrade and heat is its worst enemy. When we pick for commercial packing or for farm visitors, we take the picked berries from the fields within 30 minutes of picking and put them in our cold room to remove the field heat and thus preserve a much longer shelf life. We will also place u-picked berries in the cold room for clients who wish to remain longer in the fields.
Some varieties are a little crunchy, some are silky smooth and some are inbetween. The berries all have very small seeds that give the texture. Some varieites have more and bigger seeds and thus are a bit crunchy (I like it a lot) and others have fewer, smaller seeds.
Berries getting ripe.
We started the farm in 1987 on one acre and fell in love with the berries. We have 55 acres now with a few sheep, cattle and 13 acres of blueberries and have planted some blackberries this year to see how they will do. We have opened the farm for people to come and pick their own berries and have a good time swapping stories. Our aim is to grow the best berries we can and provide an interesting and enjoyable experience for kids and adults.
601 799 7243
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69 Homer Spiers Rd.
Picayune, MS 39466
Tel: 601 799 7243
Monday - Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM, after 4:00 by phone appointment
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, by phone appointment